Many search for possible avenues to make good money but only a few search for happiness over money and Babu Dundrapelly is one such artist. A master in applied arts and visual communication, he says that though there are only “a few takers for fine arts in a city like Hyderabad, still there is an encouragement”.
Winning a gold medal in class 9 in a nation-wide fine arts competition formed a base to pursue illustration as a full-time profession. Babu says that he is one of the proponents of digital art in the city and to use the new art at a personal level. Before venturing into freelancing, he worked for more than five years as an illustrator in various publications.
Calling it ‘one first attempt’, now, this 27-year-old is on a mission to illustrate all the Indian folk art forms and Indian culture in a single book. “I have been working for the last one year to present Indian art forms from all the States in one book. I consider it as my contribution to the nation,” says Dundrapelly who hails from Cheerlavancha near Siricilla.
Having done more than 2,000 illustrations for various projects, the creative illustrator says that he has done 100 illustrations for a book on childhood games and memories called Chinna Naati Aatalu – Gnyapakaala Mootalu. He says, “Around 30,000 copies of the book were sold and it earned me appreciation.”
This artist says that he always envisions things in a larger format and a book on Indian art forms is also an attempt in that regard. He shares that his illustrations shown at an event organised by the School of India for Language and Culture (SILC) near the White House in the United States of America received a great response.
He says that posting his works on Facebook has helped him, through which he found a potential sponsor as many of his works were funded out of his own pocket. “Shiva Jasthi, a techie in the USA and a member of SILC, found my works interesting and he is supporting me,” adds Babu.
This illustrator, who also worked as an ad director, says that as he began his life from a humble background studying in a social welfare residential school and he doesn’t believe in selling the knowledge. “I met four poor students through Facebook and they were interested to pursue fine arts; I helped them by teaching the basics.” He also teaches drawing to his neighbouring kids free of cost.
Having also worked in poster designing department for a few Telugu movies, Babu says, “With my experience in the field, I can draw big salaries, but I am searching for happiness more than money.” The illustrator’s aim in life is to earn recognition and settle as a good artist.